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Your Job, To Bless

Your Job, To Bless

24 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40-42; 1 Peter 3

Scripture:

8 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. 9 That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9 MSG)

During a season when I was part of the pastoral staff of a large church, I, along with each other member of the staff, had a written, formal job description. The job description broke my wide-ranging responsibilities down into specific daily and weekly tasks. Each task or responsibility was allotted a certain amount of time per week and it all added up to a full week’s work that would hopefully get the job done.

The job description was helpful in organizing my complex responsibilities in a way that helped me be more effective. The job description not only helped me say “Yes” to the right things, it helped me say “No” to things that clamored for attention but didn’t get the work done!

Peter says that our God-given job description is “To Bless.” That’s our job! With that clear job description we can say the appropriate “Yes’s and No’s!”

Yes: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.
No: No retaliation, no sharp-tongued sarcasm, no exceptions.

It’s so easy to excuse being disagreeable, being unsympathetic, being unloving, being uncaring, being un-humble.
• I’m under a lot of pressure! I don’t have time to be nice!
• We’ve got a lot to do here! Get up and get going!
• Hey, check my personality profile! That’s just not how God made me!
• Try carrying my responsibility and see how agreeable and sympathetic you are!

God says, “Your job is to bless! No exceptions. Be a blessing and you’ll get a blessing!”

Prayer:

Father, Please forgive me for not sticking to my God-given job description, “To Bless.” Forgive me for excusing bad behavior toward others. You don’t excuse it. I can’t excuse it. It’s my job to bless. By your grace I will. No exceptions. Amen.

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